Academics
Western Advantage

Academic Goal

To foster a love of learning, curiosity and community engagement by connecting curriculum learning and skill development to real world experiences.

Strong Academic Foundation

Western provides students with the opportunity to develop core skills, promote higher level thinking and engage in the experience of learning through:
  • Enhanced Project Based Learning
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
  • Integrated Projects (across multiple curriculum subjects)
  • Specialized Programming
  • Field Trips and Experiential Learning
  • Leadership Opportunities
Subject courses at Western prepare students for any pathway they wish to explore post-secondary: university, college, apprenticeship and the workplace.

21st Century Skills

Acade­­­mics at Western focuses on not only delivering high level curriculum in all subject areas to students, but also on development of the skills needed to be successful post-secondary and in the workforce. Within our classrooms, students develop skills in a number of key areas including:
  • Use of various technologies
  • Collaborative and team building skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Problem solving and communication skills

Contextualized Learning

Within each core subject - Mathematics, English and Science - students are given the opportunity to connect their learning to their specialized program through activities designed specially to support their specialized programs. Further, academic programming at Western connects the curriculum inside our classrooms to real world experiences in the community.

Student Supports

Further, students are provided access to numerous supports to ensure their success and support their development. Academic Mentoring and tutoring Engaged teachers with access to support Lunch and Learn sessions in literacy and numeracy.  
STEAM

STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics, and Western is one of the leading examples of STEAM education in action. In addition to offering all the Science and Math courses that TDSB schools provide, Western has specialized program areas and courses like Engineering Robotics, The Design Studio and eleven strands of Technological & Arts Education that add valuable real-life practical experiences to all students’ academic studies, preparing them for a world where STEAM is an ever-increasing priority. Whether students are destined for University, College, an Apprenticeship, or the Workplace, Western allows students to experience the hands-on application of their knowledge right in high school, before they have to make the intellectual, financial, and emotional commitment to postsecondary studies and careers.

Enriched

The Enriched Vision

The vision of the program is to foster a love of learning and curiosity, to pursue leadership of all types within and beyond the classroom and engage students to become informed and caring citizens. Through this, students will develop their academic, organizational, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.

Key Pillars of the Enriched Program

Collaborative Learning
  • Project based learning
  • Reciprocal teaching
  • Curricular and cross-curricular field trips, guest speakers and experiential learning
Leadership Development
  • Mentorship and tutoring
  • Post-secondary experiences
  • Competitions, clubs and school activities
Community Connections
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Elementary school and community organization partnerships
  • Community Achievement Award

How the Enriched Program is Unique

In order to align the Enriched Program at Western with the school’s core values and goals, we have created a unique model that emphasizes student leadership and empathy. Students are encouraged to become involved in the school and local community, develop communication and collaboration skills and engage in inquiry based learning.

The Enriched + SHSM (The Specialist High Skills Major) Advantage @ Western

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a designation granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests. Enriched students at Western are able to enroll in one of our SHSMs. These students learn with industry standard equipment and instructors who have worked directly in the field. They also experience on the job training with employers at skills training centres and have the opportunity to enroll in up to two post secondary courses with no tuition costs. Students who complete the SHSM requirements will graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This indicates a universal provincial designation of a higher level of achievement to all post secondary schools no matter what program the student may choose to pursue. For more information go to: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html
Gifted

What is Gifted @ Western?

The Gifted Program fosters critical thinking, academic challenge, cross-curricular collaboration, and community leadership. Students enhance their intellectual growth and social development through cooperative inquiry, project based learning and technological exploration in an environment that fosters creativity and nurtures curiosity. Involvement in diverse learning situations prepares students for exemplary achievement at the post-secondary level. Students emerge from the program with well-rounded and real world skills and knowledge.

Key Pillars of the Gifted Program

Collaborative Learning
  • Project based learning
  • Reciprocal teaching
  • Curricular and cross-curricular field trips, guest speakers and experiential learning
Leadership Development
  • Mentorship and tutoring
  • Post-secondary experiences
  • Competitions, clubs and school activities
Community Connections
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Elementary school and community organization partnerships
  • Community Achievement Award

How the Gifted Program is Unique

In order to align the Gifted Program at Western with the school’s core values and goals, we have created a unique model that emphasizes student leadership and empathy. Students are encouraged to become involved in the school and local community, develop communication and collaboration skills and engage in inquiry based learning.

The Gifted + SHSM (The Specialist High Skills Major) Advantage @ Western

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a designation granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests. Gifted students at Western are able to enroll in one of our SHSMs. These students learn with industry standard equipment and instructors who have worked directly in the field. They also experience on the job training with employers at skills training centres and have the opportunity to enroll in up to two post secondary courses with no tuition costs. Students who complete the SHSM requirements will graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This indicates a universal provincial designation of a higher level of achievement to all post secondary schools no matter what program the student may choose to pursue. For more information go to: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html
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